Lily Allen’s emotional exchange with a young refugee continues to attract opprobrium, this time from the Tory MP leading calls for refugee children being resettled in the UK to have their ages verified.
David Davies criticised Allen’s response as he called for children to undergo dental checks to stop adults posing as children in order to claim asylum.
The MP for Monmouth was condemned by dentists after claiming those arriving in the UK from Calais “don't look like children” and should have their teeth checked to determine their age.
Speaking on BBC Radio 4, Mr Davies also singled out the response from Allen when she spoke to unaccompanied children at a makeshift camp in Calais.
Calais Refugee Children arrive in UK
Calais Refugee Children arrive in UK
A coach carrying the first group of unaccompanied minors from the Jungle migrant camp in Calais to be brought to Britain arrives at an immigration centre in Croydon, south London
A Catholic priest chats to Muslim Imans as they wait for the arrival of the coach carrying the first group of unaccompanied minors from the Jungle migrant camp in Calais to be brought to Britain arrives at an immigration centre in Croydon, south London
Fourteen migrant children from the 'Jungle Camp' in Calais are due to arrive in the UK today to be reunited with relatives
Young men are escorted after stepping off a coach at the Home Offices Lunar House
A boy is escorted after stepping off a coach at the Home Offices Lunar House after arriving from the Calais 'Jungle Camp'
UK Border Force staff escort the first group of unaccompanied minors from the Jungle migrant camp in Calais to be brought to Britain as they arrive at an immigration centre in Croydon, south London
A young boy arrives on a coach at the Home Offices Lunar House after leaving the Calais 'Jungle Camp.' Fourteen migrant children from the 'Jungle Camp' in Calais are due to arrive in the UK today to be reunited with relatives
British former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, center, flanked by Bethany Gardiner-Smith, left, from the Citizens UK charity and Bishop of Croydon Jonathan Clark speaks to the media about the 14 migrant children who will be resettled in the UK, outside Croydon Minster church in Croydon, south London
Asif Khan whose brother Aimal Khan was one of fourteen migrant children who arrived in the UK, speaks to the media outside Lunar House in Croydon, south London. The 25-year-old chef has been living in the UK for 11 years, having fled Afghanistan himself. His brother Aimal Khan, 14, also from Afghanistan, had been stranded in the Jungle for six months
The tearful singer apologised to a 13 year old boy from Afghanistan “on behalf of my country”, sparking anger on social media.
“It just seems that at three different intervals in this young boy’s life, the English in particular have put you in danger,” she said at the time.
“We’ve bombed your country, put you in the hands of the Taliban and now put you in danger of risking your life to get into our country.
“I apologise on behalf of my country. I’m sorry for what we have put you through.”
“We must not be naive about this. It's no good Lily Allen turning up with tears in her eyes and all the rest of it - we need to be quite hard-nosed here,” Mr Davies told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme on Wednesday.
“People are desperate, I understand that, and they will say what they need to say to get in.
“When I was in the camp in Calais there were caravans with notices on saying 'Come here, we will coach you in what to say to get into the UK'.”
He added: “People in Britain, I think, want to help children but we don't want to be taken for a free ride either by people who seem to have got to the front of the queue even though they clearly look, in some cases, a lot older than 18.”Reuse content